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Press release - winter pressures and general practice

Date sent: Wednesday 13 December 2017

Press Release

Please consider using this information to help your readers over the winter.

The cold weather has now come and follows a period of exceptionally mild weather. For the NHS this will mean that the demands on general practice and the hospital services will increase, often called winter pressures.

At this time of year, we see a significant increase in the number of patients with coughs, colds, sore throats and flu like symptoms. The majority of these conditions are caused by viruses, they will not respond to antibiotics and will get better after a few days. There is also an increase in the numbers of strokes and heart attacks in the winter months, thought to be caused by the cold temperatures increasing a persons blood pressure and it taking longer for this to return to normal.

What can you do?






On an average day in excess of 1,000,000 patients will see a GP in England and in the winter months this can increase by 30%.

Empower yourself before you book an appointment to see your GP please consider the alternatives that are available to you.

Wessex Local Medical Committee represents all GPs and Practices in Bath and NE Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Swindon and Wiltshire and supports general practice in the Channel Islands.


Best wishes


Dr Nigel Watson

Chief Executive

Wessex LMCs

Churchill House, 122-124 Hursley Rd

Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh

Hants. SO53 1JB (Registered Office)

Tel: 02380253874

Mobile: 07825173326


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